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This Just In ...

Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Recommended Reading (03/11/12)

Recommended Reading


Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend (You will note that on occasion, I do not endorse the opinions of the author and may point that out. Despite my disagreements, I still feel the piece is worth a read).


Jauch, Wisconsin losers in missed mining venture

"With its ability to move forward thwarted by Wisconsin politicians, Gogebic is expected to take its $1.5 billion to neighboring Michigan, where it already has had positive talks with state leaders. Michigan’s gain could be Wisconsin’s loss."


Judge Flanagan must step aside in voter ID case

"While possibly legal under Wisconsin statutes, one has to question Flanagan's ethics for presiding over the case in the first place while keeping secret the fact that he signed the recall petition."


What if?

"This is the question pondered by prognosticators. And given the biggest political year in Wisconsin history, this is a question that will be asked again and again: What if?

What if recall elections against Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and several GOP state senators go forward?

How will those recall elections impact an already important election year that features an open U.S. Senate seat for the first time since 1988, regular legislative elections and a pivotal presidential contest?

The most predictable thing is the unpredictability of the what-if scenarios and the political times we’re in."


The Rush Limbaugh boycott is a miserable failure

"Sandra Fluke and other liberals who were DELIGHTED by all the attention she was getting, pretended to be offended and started trying to get Rush’s sponsors to cancel. Soon, the claims about the numbers of sponsors 'cancelling' started to rise, Rush apologized, and liberals thought they had him on the ropes. This time Rush Limbaugh was over, done, finished, kaput. However, when you look a little closer..."


Cardinal Dolan's letter to all U.S. bishops

“We have made it clear in no uncertain terms to the government that we are not at peace with its invasive attempt to curtail the religious freedom we cherish as Catholics and Americans. We did not ask for this fight, but we will not run from it.

Of course, we maintained from the start that this is not a ‘Catholic’ fight alone. I like to quote as often as possible a nurse who emailed me, ‘I’m not so much mad about all this as a Catholic, but as an American.’ And as we recall, a Baptist minister, Governor Mike Huckabee observed, ‘In this matter, we’re all Catholics.’ No doubt you have heard numerous statements just like these. We are grateful to know so many of our fellow Americans, especially our friends in the ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, stand together in this important moment in our country. They know that this is not just about sterilization, abortifacients, and chemical contraception. It’s about religious freedom, the sacred right of any Church to define its own teaching and ministry.

So the important question arises: What to do now?

Perhaps the courts offer the most light.”


Ultrasound, ultra-truth


“The media speak of ‘women’ as a monolithic group who consistently subscribe to the liberal-secular line. But there are many women -- I have met a few -- whose voices are rarely, if ever, heard. These women either decided to give birth after seeing an ultrasound image, or regretted having had an abortion and would testify that if they had seen an ultrasound image before the procedure they would have made a different choice. Does not seeing an ultrasound image change the reality of abortion?”


I just found out Republicans are oppressing me

"...let's talk about Dr. Curtis Boyd for a second. He commits abortions (right here in Dallas) up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. By any standard, that is past viability. He famously told WFAA-TV, 'Am I killing? Yes I am.'

So forgive me if I am simultaneously yawning and rolling my eyes when Boyd acts concerned about women being "abused" by a sonogram probe. Okay, Boyd: if the probe is abusive to a woman, what is it when you jam things into her cervix and suck her baby out of her? It ain't no foot massage."



What if government treated eating the way it treats sex?


"It’s a useful distinction to consider.  A particular moral idea governs left-wing views on social and health matters, and the left’s purpose with political advocacy is to put the power of government behind that view.  By examining the left’s very different policy approaches to eating and sex, we can discern the features of the morality at work."


40 embarrassing things that America is the best in the world at

"The statistics that you are about to read are incredibly disturbing.  Most people that write these kinds of articles about the decline of America hate this country.  But that is not the case with me.  I was born and raised in America and I love this nation deeply.  It is time to realize that we will never be able to start fixing our problems until we take a really good look in the mirror and realize just how far we have fallen."


What you lose when you sign that donor card

The last time I renewed my driver's license, the clerk at the DMV asked if she should check me off as an organ donor. I said no. She looked at me and asked again. I said, ‘No. Just check the box that says, 'I am a heartless, selfish bastard.'

Becoming an organ donor seems like a win-win situation. But…”


How "springing forward" hits workers Monday

"The good news is the sun will be up longer in the evenings, giving you more time to do a post-work run or play catch with the kids. The bad news is you'll temporarily throw your circadian rhythm out of whack."


AND FINALLY,

Sandra Fluke scores her first product endorsement

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